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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472105249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105240
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. (Anne Robinson, The Times )

Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around. (Publishers Weekly )

Splendid fun. (New York Times Book Review )

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'The detective novels of MC Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' (The Times)

'Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around.' (Publishers Weekly)

'Splendid fun.' (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2010
Format: Paperback
The start shocks. Lochdubh's police house has been closed, Hamish Macbeth permanently transferred to bustling Strathbane (where a colleague is so obnoxious, he dumps her in a bin). Fortunately for readers, inhabitants of Lochdubh concoct a crimewave to secure his return. A welcome back party awaits. Wonderful. At the book's end, he confides to mongrel Towser "times are changing" - blustering boss Blair more conciliatory, adored Priscilla more accessible.

All this is vintage Hamish and delights.

Unfortunately the rest of the novel is not in the same class. Maggie Baird, the "hussy" destined for destruction, is not so much a character as a contrivance. Very wealthy after sexually exploiting men for decades, she concentrates now on forever belittling her meek niece Alison and making advances at every man in sight. A terrible driver, it is perhaps appropriate she is responsible for the book's erratic directions and awkward manoeuvrings. Of all people, she is the one who initiates plans for Hamish's return. Why? She has only just arrived and never even knew him. Almost half way through the novel, she returns from a long absence (involving cosmetic surgery and the like), announces plans to publish her lurid memoirs, and invites to stay in her bungalow four former lovers - wanting them to compete for her hand in marriage. Credulity has thereby been stretched to the utmost in order to create a reasonable number of eventual suspects.

Of the five novels so far, this is the most creakingly constructed. Thank goodness for Hamish! He solves the murder and rescues the book (his detective work awesomely thorough for one who prefers being lazy).

The reader, as ever, greatly cares for him. His adventures enormously entertain. It would not hurt, though, if the cases investigated proved more convincing.
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This is the fifth in a series of mysteries featuring the detective work of small town, Highland Scottish detective Hamish Macbeth, P.C. In this story, Maggie Baird, a rich Londoner of more than somewhat checkered history, moves into Lochdubh for peace and quiet, but then finds it too peaceful and quiet. Deciding that she needs to marry again, she invites four old suitors to her house and then announces that she'll marry one, and bestow all her money on him. When Maggie ends up dead, its up to Hamish to find out who did it and why.
My wife has been a big Hamish Macbeth fan for years, and now I know why. This story was a great deal of fun to read. I enjoyed the characters that Ms. Beaton created, finding them interesting and well developed. I enjoyed her setting of small town Scotland, and found the story and setting believable and captivating. If you are interested in a story set in modern Scotland, or just a good mystery, then I highly recommend this book to you.
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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
There is much to admire in this book and indeed the series. Light, well crafted mysteries play second fiddle to the doings of the cast of disparate characters who inhabit and visit Lochdubh, so my recommendation is that if you like this sort of thing read the books in order to fully absorb the soap opera that Hamish and his chums and enemies inhabit. Sometimes there id too much pandering to the American audience eg car parks are described as parking lots - not authentic - yet Hamish goes for "Butcher Meat" in this book, which is a very authentic figure of Scottish speech. This gets a tad annoying at times but should not detract from a delightful series
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I found this instalment in the series to be something of a mixed bag. As part of a series there are effectively always two plot strands, one being the 'mystery/crime' plot which is central to the book, and the other being the on-going life/loves of the central nd surrounding characters. I felt the latter was better in this book than the former, which felt more contrived than perhaps it had in the earlier books in the series. That said, this is still full of the same old-fashioned relatively gentle humour which has stood the earlier books in good stead, and the story rattles along with a pace that makes you want to read just a little bit more each time.
A couple of other reviewers have said they feel you get more from these if you read them in order, and I'm inclined to agree with that, but effectively, if you like others in the series, you'll most likely enjoy this.
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Usual M C Beaton fare, if you like Hamish and the rest of the well defined characters, you will enjoy this book. The story reads well, with an unputable down flow. It is interesting though the twist at the end is well worth getting to, it is flagged up quite early on. Not enough to spoil the read. Well worth a read.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2014
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This is gentle undemanding read which held my attention sufficiently for me to finish it one sitting. Hamlsh returns to Lochdubh from exile in Strathblane after a concerted campaign by the villagers, orchestrated by the hussy of the title, Maggie Baird. Maggie is subsequently murdered and the hunt is on. Hamlsh is sidelined as usual by a new Detective, Donati, but still wins through. Hamish is an endearing character with a wealth of common sense and I am always interested to see how he gets on with Priscilla and the peripheral characters. The plot was interesting enough to keep me guessing so a good read.
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